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Top Drawer News — The week in five

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Like the Roman god for whom the month of January is named, we have a dual outlook here in Carpenter Country. We like to plan and we like to remain open to the possibilities. This week’s collection of our journeys around the web is a combination of both.

We started the week off with a pair of planned posts. Author friend Catherine Castle is featuring tea this month in her Tasty Tuesdays blogs, and our breakfast bread recipe fit the bill. Thank you, Catherine, for inviting us to share your blog space!

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Our friend Dawn Roberto gave us a warm welcome on her blog, Dawn’s Reading Nook…or we should say, gave a warm welcome to Fae Childers, the main character in our mystery, Murder by the Books. And quite a character she is! Learn what makes her tick over on Dawn’s blog.

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Meanwhile, at Mirror World Publishing, our hero Zinnie is under attack by guard fish in Part 6 of the serialization of our short story, The Adventures of Flower Girl. Swim to Mirror World and read about Zinnie’s adventure.

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Did you miss any of the earlier installments? Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, Part 4 here, and Part 5 here.

New author friend Charles Frankhauser shared his story-behind-the-story over on Top Drawer Ink. His novella, a parody on the pirate business during the 16th century, is based on his own travel experiences.

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Remember, we’re always glad to share your story-behind-the-story!

Read the submission guidelines here and send us your post!

Finally, in this week’s book bubble, we talk about being open to possibilities.

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Are you open to the possibilities?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at